Aberdeen Officials Considering New Elementary School

Aberdeen Considering New School

Aberdeen school officials have estimated it will cost more than $7 million to purchase and transform a vacant building into the city’s newest public school.

The Aberdeen Public Board of Education is allowing Superintendent Becky Guffin and a district attorney to look into buying the former site of Coventry Health Care.

The district hopes to remodel the building into an elementary school to alleviate significant student growth that’s expected over the next five years.

Guffin says the district would like to add 10,000 square feet onto the building for a gym and kitchen. The district’s finance director says it would also upgrade the parking lot and add a playground.

The 32,000-square-foot building owned by the Aberdeen Development Corp. has been vacant since 2009. It’s listed for $3 million on the company’s website.